We all know that Halloween is typically a fun time of the year for our Hawai‘i Island community, and we absolutely want that fun to continue, but it is more important than ever that we do so safely and in a way that does not increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 to our family, friends, neighbors, and community.
We can still safely enjoy Halloween this year by choosing to participate in low risk alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick or treating where treats are handed to children or children take candy from a shared bucket. These activities, along with participating in group activities like walk-through haunted houses, are considered high-risk activities as they can result in close contact and crowding among people outside your household.
“This year more than ever it is important to celebrate Halloween safely and responsibly,” said Mayor Harry Kim, “as COVID-19 is still active in our community, please know that the preventive policies of face coverings, distancing, and gatherings are mandated to help prevent the spread of the virus. Please accept this kuleana to make Hawai‘i Island safe.”
This Halloween, the County of Hawai‘i is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and is asking families and businesses to consider fun alternatives that pose a lower risk of spreading COVID-19.
Here are lower risk activities that CDC recommends as safe alternatives:
• Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
• Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
• Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
• Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
• Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
• Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
Please be advised that individuals who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and who are currently isolating from others, as well as those individuals who have recently been exposed to a person with COVID-19, should not participate in any in-person Halloween festivities.
For more tips to stay safe this holiday season go to HawaiiCOVID19.com/safe-halloween and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween .